The man who is reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill is being hailed as a hero by members of the House of Commons.
Kevin Vickers, 58, is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family.
On Twitter, MPs credited Vickers with saving their lives.
MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs' caucus rooms.— Craig Scott (@CraigScottNDP) October 22, 2014
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino tweeted:
I am safe & profoundly grateful to Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our security forces for selfless act of keeping us safe— Julian Fantino (@JulianFantino) October 22, 2014
Justice Minister Peter MacKay thanked Vickers and security forces on Parliament Hill.
To all in Ottawa, stay safe & strong. Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our Cdn security forces. True heroes #cndpoli— Peter MacKay (@PeterMacKay) October 22, 2014
Other MPs expressed their thanks and appreciation:
So sad for the family of the fallen soldier. So proud of Kevin Vickers. So mad about it all. So worried about what this will mean.— Martha Hall Findlay (@MHallFindlay) October 22, 2014
A special thanks to the Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers for saving lifes and protecting our caucus this morning #OttawaStrong— Anne Minh Thu Quach (@AnneMTQuach) October 22, 2014
Mr. Vickers became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after a varied career in security.
He spent 29 years with the RCMP and rose to the rank of chief superintendent, often serving as the face of the national police force in New Brunswick. Before his appointment as sergeant-of-arms, Vickers was director of security operations for the House of Commons.
He had previously worked as aide-de-camp for New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor.
The sergeant-at-arms is responsible for safeguarding the authority of the House of Commons, as well as the safety and security of the Parliament buildings.
Media outlets from around the world have gravitated to the hero story, inundating the Vickers family with interview requests.
Family hearing from media around the world. Whew.— John Vickers (@Johnfvickers) October 22, 2014
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